The Real Battle

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. (Jesse Owens, Olympic gold medal winner)

Against all sorts of local prejudice when he ran in the Olympics in Nazi Germany, Owens won four gold medals. That is outstanding, of course, but his perspective on life is even more notable. He said, “The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.” It takes the supernatural gifting of God for us to conquer our inner selves.

So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control (1 Peter 1:13). Better . . . to have self-control than to conquer a city (Proverbs 16:32).